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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 21, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS -Darrius Heyward-Bey sounded like a track man yesterday when he talked about tomorrow's 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. "I just want to run something comfortable. Nothing too crazy," the wide receiver from Maryland said. "I don't want to strain myself out there." What, he was asked, would be comfortable? "Somewhere around 4.4 [seconds], 4.3," he said. Anything less than 4.4 will elevate the pulse of scouts on teams that need speed at wide-out and improve Heyward-Bey's chances of landing in the first round of the draft April 25. Wide receivers don't run until tomorrow, and the No. 1 wide receiver of this year's class, Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech, isn't going to run until his pro day next month.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Retired former Ravens center Matt Birk is staying involved with the NFL. The six-time Pro Bowl center and former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year was named the league's director of football development today. Birk spent this past year working as an appeals officer for the NFL and NFL Players Association after retiring in 2012 following the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Now the former Ravens and Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman will be involved in development of the game and administration of game-day operations.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 19, 2009
Darrius Heyward-Bey's reputation preceded him this week in Indianapolis, where the NFL scouting combine will mint fresh millionaires and unmask impostors for its April draft. Scouts already know Maryland's mercurial wide receiver is lightning in a bottle, a touchdown waiting to happen, that he has tantalizing size, long arms and extraordinary athleticism. They also know he is not a polished receiver, that he can be inconsistent catching the ball, and that he occasionally would disappear from the Terps' offense last season as a junior.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Sammy Watkins isn't the only Clemson wide receiver in heavy demand from NFL teams. Clemson junior wide receiver Martavis Bryant and Watkins both worked out for the St. Louis Rams on Friday on campus with coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les Snead and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in attendance. Although the Ravens aren't among Bryant's 22 combined visits and private workouts, a source says they've maintained interest in him throughout the draft process and conducted a meeting with him at the NFL scouting combine.
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By From Sun staff and news services | October 22, 2008
Under Armour will serve as the presenting sponsor of the NFL's 2009 scouting combine, the league will announce today. Under the deal, players will wear Under Armour apparel made for the event as they audition for NFL scouts in anticipation of the 2009 draft. Under Armour signs will also appear around Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where the combine will be held from Feb. 18 to 24. The combine is broadcast on the NFL Network. The new deal is the latest in a growing relationship between the league and the Baltimore-based apparel company.
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By MIKE PRESTON | February 26, 2003
AFTER SIX DAYS of poring over heights, weights, medical reports and drug tests and asking thousands of questions, NFL executives and coaches still need more information about the nation's top college football players. They couldn't get it done at the scouting combine that ended Monday night in Indianapolis. It seems the nation's elite took the advice of their agents, and a lot of them chose to take the physical examinations and engage in 15-minute interviews but skip the workouts because of the private ones they will schedule later.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,SUN REPORTER | February 22, 2007
Once the obscure purview of NFL coaches and scouts armed with stopwatches, the NFL scouting combine opens today in Indianapolis under the spotlight of 27 hours of live TV coverage over seven days. More than 320 college players have been invited to go through what amounts to an exhaustive job interview. They'll run 40-yard dashes, maneuver through traffic cones, lift weights, be probed by doctors and be interrogated by club personnel. The workouts actually don't begin until Saturday and will continue through Tuesday, but news conferences with the players as well as NFL coaches and general managers start today, as does the NFL Network's television coverage.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | February 5, 1997
Scouting has become one of the most intriguing sciences of pro football. It has come down to questions as bizarre as these: Would you prefer the study of war or art? Would you rather be a cat or a dog?Psychological evaluations are valued as much as the physical workouts when it comes to finding pro football prospects. For four days beginning tomorrow, 34 members of the Ravens organization will evaluate 350 of the nation's top college football players at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 22, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS -Once upon a time, college players showed up at the NFL scouting combine fresh off campus with their flaws showing. They performed the drills, answered the questions and let the chips fall where they would. Now the combine is another, altogether different, world. Players no longer arrive from campus; they roll in from an elite training facility where they have spent the past month maximizing their measurements and physical skills. They have agents and advisers who direct their every move, if not order their every thought.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Reporter | February 25, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Crummey, the Maryland guard who broke his left fibula twice last season, will find out just how meaningful the NFL's scouting combine is this spring. If it's true, as veteran personnel men suggest, that as much as 80 percent of a player's grade is derived from game videotape, then Crummey should hear his name called sometime in the middle rounds of the April 26-27 draft. If that's not the case, the preseason All-America lineman may not be selected until the fifth or sixth round.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Tavon Austin accelerated to the top of the St. Louis Rams' draft board a year ago when the former Dunbar star emerged as the eighth overall pick of the first round. Now, another former Baltimore high school football standout is in the conversation as one the better NFL draft prospects and hopes to follow a similar path to Austin. Virginia Tech cornerback and Mount St. Joseph graduate Kyle Fuller has been projected as high as the Pittsburgh Steelers' 15th overall pick of the first round by NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Months before the NFL draft launches in May, the Ravens are unofficially on the clock. The Ravens are in major need of reinforcements, particularly at wide receiver, offensive line and tight end, after a disappointing 8-8 season in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. As the Ravens arrived Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine to evaluate college football prospects, draft analysts are praising this incoming rookie class as the kind that can provide an immediate influx of talent.
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By Aaron Wilson | February 18, 2014
Editor's note: Towson junior running back Terrance West declared early for the NFL draft after setting school records with 4,584 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Baltimore native is not enrolled at Towson this semester as he pursues the NFL and is sharing his draft experiences with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The NFL scouting combine starts this week and is an important step for West in the evaluation process. This is the third in an occasional series leading up to the draft in May. I fly in Thursday for the NFL scouting combine.
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By Matt Vensel | April 8, 2013
The Ravens traded away Anquan Boldin last month because the veteran wide receiver's production didn't match his salary cap hit, but they might have eyes for a draft prospect who is drawing comparisons to Boldin. Gil Brandt, a legendary talent evaluator in the NFL who now writes for NFL.com and does radio for Sirius/XM, is the most notable of the draft analysts who see a young Boldin when watching tape of Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who as a junior caught 82 passes for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Tigers in 2012.
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By Aaron Wilson | February 19, 2013
NFL teams already have their stopwatches poised to time draft prospects at the annual scouting combine that begins Wednesday in Indianapolis. Should Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o or Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree plummet to the Ravens' 32nd overall draft pick of the first round in late April, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks the Super Bowl champions would bolt into a speedy 40-yard dash to select either coveted defender....
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By Matt Vensel | February 17, 2012
The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 22. In advance of the annual meat market in Indianapolis, staff writer Matt Vensel will examine each position and give Ravens fans the 4-1-1. In this post he looks at outside linebackers . The top prospects: Alabama's Courtney Upshaw, who had 9.5 sacks in 2011, would be a great fit for the Ravens, who may have to replace outside linebacker Jarret Johnson. The problem is that Upshaw is the top outside linebacker in April's NFL draft and will likely be gone in the first 20 picks.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 21, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - Rex Ryan never met a quarterback he didn't think he could rattle. Never faced an offense he didn't believe he could confuse. Never drew up a blitz he wasn't confident would work. The new coach of the New York Jets is no introvert. Ask him about playing in the AFC East and he doesn't give you a politically correct answer. "I'd rather focus on what they're up against," Ryan said yesterday, addressing the national media during the NFL scouting combine. "We're going to have a team that's a physical football team.
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April 27, 2009
LARDARIUS WEBB Pos.: CB College: Nicholls State Drafted: Third round, 88th Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 180 Positives: Versatile performer who can play cornerback, free safety and returner. Plays bigger than his size and has reputation as a hitter. Negatives: Red-flagged by some teams for a character issue. He was dismissed from Southern Mississippi for violation of team rules. Didn't play against top competition for past two seasons. Interesting note: His 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash tied for the top time among cornerbacks at the NFL's scouting combine in February.
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